RYA Day Skipper Course

About this course...

RYA Day Skipper Course Practical

We are London's leading sea school. Practical courses are run from Neptune Marina Ipswich Suffolk, just 1 hour from Liverpool Street

We have many students go on to charter at home and abroad. Day skippers and ICC is now required in many countries. It is often the minimum standard required by charter companies to charter a boat abroad.

RYA Day Skipper Practical Course. (see below for dates)

This course is about learning to be a Skipper, like the Competent Crew course it can be carried out over two weekends (one being along weekend) or five consecutive days

Note: We at Hamilton sailing incorp many weekend's into this 5 day course saving on valuable holiday.

Recommended prerequisites for the Day Skipper practical course are that you are up to the Day skipper theory course standard & you are competent around a yacht.
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You will learn about weather, tides, rules of the road and how to plan and execute a simple passage. Most of all we will help you to develop confidence in taking charge of a yacht. You will live aboard the boat with the instructor & other students/crew. (you will be allocated a cabin on the first day)

Each day will involve a mixture of short passages from port to port and intensive exercises. We will be in harbour or anchorage every night but you should also get a few hours experience of night sailing.There will be opportunities to go ashore during some evenings.

The courses are always great FUN. We use yachts just like the ones you will charter abroad. We know what is of importance to you.

You will receive a comprehensive list of what to bring with you when you book.
All meals are provided aboard. Gore-Tex Oil skin water proofs are available FREE of charge.

Achievement: You will be able to skipper a yacht on short passages in familiar/sheltered waters by day. Charter companies will accept your Day Skipper Course certificate as evidence of competence to charter a yacht in UK sheltered waters or in the Med or Caribbean.

A recent testimonial
Dear Owen and Mark,

I have been meaning to email you for the past week to thank you for running such a good Day Skipper course. I really enjoyed the two weekends of the practical course and it certainly improved my confidence on a yacht. It was good to put the theory of what I had learnt in the classroom before Christmas into practice.

Owen is a very patient and unflappable teacher!

I have no doubt in recommending Hamilton Sailing to friends and contacts. I am also seriously considering doing my Yachtmasters with you.

Many thanks,

Emma 17/05/2016


Practical courses are run from Neptune Marina Ipswich Suffolk, just 1 hour from Liverpool Street to Ipswich then a 10 min walk. If you're driving then it's about one hour from the M25 on A12 & A14. There is free parking at the Marina

Cost: 2 x weekend course £599
5 Day course £565
5 Day course Winter £499
3 weekend course (summer only) you pick the weekends £650

Available dates for this course...

9th 10th 11th & 17th 18th March two weekend course @ Ipswich £499 Book Now
30th 31st March 1st 2nd 3rd April EASTER 2 x BH course £599 Book Now
11th to 15th April includes a weekend @ Ipswich £565 Book Now
28th 29th April 5th 6th 7th May two weekends and includes a BH £599 Book Now
19th 20th May & 26th 27th 28th May two weekends and BH course £599 Book Now
6th to 10th June incorps a weekend £565 Book Now
15th 16th 17th & 23rd 24th June 2018 " x weekend course £599 Book Now
27th June to 1st July 2018 includes a weekend @ Ipswich £565 Book Now
11th to 15th July includes a weekend £565 Book Now
25th 26th 27th Aug 1st 2nd Sept two weekend course & bank holiday £599 Book Now
12th to 16th Sept Includes a weekend £565 Book Now
20 21st Oct and 26th 27th 28th Oct 2018 2 x weekend course £599 Book Now

How to book...

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